wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mad Mex in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. I am still recovering from the flu/cold, but I did not notice any negative aroma. It seemed to have a slight coffee/chocolate aroma. Very dark with a tight frothy head. Delicious coffee and chocolate flavor with a full-bodied palate. It's listed here as 9% ABV, but this can't be right. It tasted as though it were 5.5 to 6.5% at most. If this is 9% ABV, GLBC should be given an award for masking alcohol content. Stouts are not my favorite beers, but this stout will force me to go to Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company in the South Side to pick up a keg, assuming it is still available.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark pour, thin head..nutty/brownie-like aroma...nice chocolate sweetness, thick but dry chocolate..somewhat nutty, a little bitter chocolate in the end...not thick enough and missing the dark fruits to be a good imperial, oh well.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice combo of chocolate malts with a hint of fruitiness. From the tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh's South Side, very smooth and well finished.
badgerben (4329) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black, but a little thinner than many of the Imps. Aroma is very sweet and hints at the incoming licorice. Lots of licorice and mocha on the tongue. A little fruit hint at the end. Very good, but I think would benefit from some time in a cellar; the alcohol is not well hidden.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too much licorice, entirely too much licorice. A nice smoky aftertaste, but almost all licorice in my mouth...bummer. This looked quite appealing, but apart from the nice finish I can't recommend it unless you favor *shudder* licorice. THANK YOU DREW!
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body is black as night, no head. Aroma of black licorice, slight notes of chocolate, strong mocha flavor. Malty mocha/coffee body, light notes of dark fruit (mostly black licorice). Hoppy finish, well-balanced. Slightly sweet finish. Well hidden abv, a not too dry of a finish in my opinion, perhaps a bit thin overall, not as robust as some of the great imperials. Still a good stout, nice fruit elements and sweetness to add to the malt flavor.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours fairly lite for an imperial but, black with a brown head that leaves as soon as it arrives. TAKE YOUR COAT OFF AND STAY AWHILE WOULD YA'? I love rum raisin aromas and this has it. A great mix of that with coffee and strong hops. A little thin but a nice flavor of roasted malts and alcohol. Much too carbonated. And the alcohol is not well hidden. Not bad but not great.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 This is a wonderful example of a hoppy imperial stout. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick, black and oily with only a minimal brown head. Slight dry coffee scent. Thick texture. The flavor is sweet, coffee, maybe mocha. Very hoppy. The hoppiness grows with each sip and gets a bit overwhelming. Also tried this one on draft and found it to be less hoppy, better balanced, and a much better brew.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
WOW..nice.smooth for a stout, Black , Malty, a slight alcohol finish, but all of the typical stout traits, even a little touch of smoke, very nicy from Cleveland.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle-thanks to Mjames on this one. pours a nice oily black appearance with nice tan head around rim of snifter glass. Lightly carbonated, but just the right amount. aroma of cherries, oak, chocolate, and a note of Kalamazoo bells stout(sweetness?) nice sweetpalat, but slightly hot on the alcohol-nice fresh bottle! wonderful roasted notes as it warmed. Under-rated and recomended!